Adjective "placebo" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A medicine or procedure prescribed for the psychological benefit to the patient rather than for any physiological effect.
  1. 'A major gap is apparent in the literature examining patient understanding of placebos and their effect.'
  2. 'Sensitivity analysis excluding those patients who received the placebo tablet did not change our conclusions.'
  3. 'According to a new study by Israeli researchers, most doctors prescribe placebos to their patients, and in most of these cases, the patients are told they are receiving real medication.'
  4. 'This requirement may conflict with the Declaration of Helsinki, which deems it unethical to give patients a placebo if an evidence based treatment is available.'
  5. 'Traditional Chinese medicines are basically placebos and when they do seem to work it is largely due to the illegal insertion of potent western medicines such as steroids.'
  6. 'And trust is a priceless asset in medicine, where a placebo can work wonders.'
  7. 'Patients could also be prescribed a placebo as part of this research, but the nutrition and exercise counseling is worth a lot on its own.'
  8. 'If there is no existing treatment, a placebo might be used (a placebo is a treatment that has no physical effect).'
  9. 'All patients received placebo via the inhaler and were instructed on the proper technique for using this device.'
  10. 'For a long time, medical practitioners have believed that placebos have therapeutic value.'
  11. 'The eight patients treated with placebo from all dose groups were combined for the purpose of summaries and analyses.'
  12. 'The revised declaration also calls for new treatments to be tested against the current best treatment rather than placebo.'
  13. 'In meticulous detail it explained that some patients responded better to placebos than others, that they might respond at some times and not at others, and that considering the placebo response was essential in clinical trials.'
  14. 'One method would be to test the current dosing regimen against shorter, delayed, or less potent regimens rather than placebo.'
  15. 'In the first week, three patients in the fusidic acid cream group and eight patients in the placebo group did not comply with the treatment protocol.'
  16. 'This finding was confirmed by a study that randomised 112 patients to treatment or placebo.'
  17. 'That one doesn't get answered as often as it should, because the FDA generally only requires testing against placebo.'
  18. 'Indeed, the potential use of placebos for medical benefit and their continued use in clinical trials are recent subjects of considerable interest and controversy among the lay public and scientists alike.'
  19. 'Lightheadedness was reported by two patients in the placebo group, but no adverse effects were reported in the treatment group.'
  20. 'It was used to investigate the different effects of ultramolecular potencies compared with placebo rather than pragmatic homoeopathy.'
  21. 'It's interesting that the broken crosswalk buttons were not originally designed to act as placebos (presumably).'
  22. 'The stock markets, leisure travel, and all the other industries affected are relying on the sum of all these measures, including the placebos, to recover.'

More definitions

1. Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology. a substance having no pharmacological effect but given merely to satisfy a patient who supposes it to be a medicine. a substance having no pharmacological effect but administered as a control in testing experimentally or clinically the efficacy of a biologically active preparation.

2. Roman Catholic Church. the vespers of the office for the dead: so called from the initial word of the first antiphon, taken from Psalm 114:9 o

More examples(as adjective)

"patients can be placebo."

"groups can be placebo."


Late 18th century: from Latin, literally ‘I shall be acceptable or pleasing’, from placere ‘to please’.